26 works of fiction to read this season

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The cry of the heron by Ann Cleeves. OK, it’s not a successful series yet, but it’s the second Two rivers series by the best-selling British author which is already in the process of being adapted for television. It stars Detective Matthew Venn, who we first met in 2019 The long call, investigating the murder of Dr Nigel Yeo – who had himself investigated the apparent suicide of a local young man. (September 6)

The man who died twice by Richard Osman. The Cozy Mystery of Osman 2020, The Thursday Murder Club (read our excerpt), was a huge success which sold some 1.4 million copies in Great Britain alone, with the film rights reclaimed by Steven Spielberg. Its latest focuses again on the same four charming detectives in their seventies, residents of a luxury retirement village in England who meet once a week to review cold murder cases. Their new caper involves stolen diamonds and a ruthless killer. (Sep 28)

The list of judges by John Grisham. Lacy Stoltz (first seen in The whistler; this is her second book) meets a woman who is convinced she knows who killed her father 20 years earlier. Stoltz is drawn into the hunt for his murderer, who turns out to be a serial killer who believes he is above the law. Actress Mary-Louise Parker narrates the audiobook. (October 19)

Game enabled by Janet Evanovitch. This is the 28th book by Evanovich (“Tempting Twenty-Eight,” she calls it) in Stephanie Plum’s hugely popular series about the tireless bounty hunter battling the bad guys in Trenton, NJ. As always, the author adds a strong dose of humor to Plum’s escapades. , which in this case involve a criminal hacker named Oswald on Wednesday. (November 2)

The dark hours by Michael Connelly. The fourth book in its series featuring LAPD sleuth Renee Ballard, Connelly’s latest has teamed up with Harry Bosch to investigate a New Years Eve murder that may be linked to an older unsolved case. (November 9)

Pity by David Baldacci. Atlee Pine returns for the fourth and final book in this series, still in search of her twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted as a child. Pine faces danger as she finally learns the truth about Mercy’s disappearance. Baldacci includes enough exhibits that you don’t need to have read previous books to follow the storyline, as is the case with most of the series listed here. (November 16)

Autopsy by Patricia Cornwell. Cornwell’s new novel about Dr Kay Scarpetta has Scarpetta back in Virginia as NASA’s chief medical examiner and called on by the White House to investigate the crash that killed scientists who worked in a lab secret in space. (November 30)

Also note

The night she disappeared by Lisa Jewell. In this entertaining mystery from the bestselling author of Then she was gone and The family upstairss, clues begin to surface as to what may have happened to a young couple who disappeared a year earlier. (September 7)

Cuckoo Earth Cloud by Anthony Doerr. A wildly imaginative, time-traveling epic set in part during the Siege of Constantinople in 1453 – very different from Doerr’s beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning WWII novel All the light we can’t see. The new novel has just been shortlisted for the National Book Award. (September 18)

The book of form and emptiness by Ruth Ozeki. The author of the brilliant A tale for the moment returns with a sensitive and quirky story about a 14-year-old boy who begins to hear voices, first from his deceased father, then from inanimate objects. (September 23)

What a storm, what thunderr by Myriam JA Chancey. A young boy, a wealthy expatriate, a call girl and many others find their lives torn apart in Haiti after the massive earthquake that hit the island in 2010. Everyone must find a way to rebuild from the rubble. (October 5)

Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. The author of the massive bestseller A gentleman in Moscow returns with a very different story, set in the 1950s and featuring two young brothers from Nebraska hoping to create new lives in the West. (October 5)

The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffmann. This is the fourth and final book in Hoffman’s spellbinding series (Practical Magic, The Rules of Magic, Magic Lessons), about the multigenerational Owens family and women with unusual gifts who have been cursed never to find love. (October 5)

Silverview by Jean le Carré. Fans can’t wait to read this posthumously published novel by the famous master of spy fiction (The man who came from the cold, among many others). Julian Lawndsley runs a bookstore in a quiet seaside town when a mysterious man shows up at the shop. Julian’s simple life quickly becomes very complicated. (Oct 12)

State of terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny. Yes, another successful writer’s collaboration, following thrillers written by Bill Clinton and James Patterson. The Plot has, unsurprisingly, a Secretary of State as its hero, leading the United States’ efforts to disrupt a terrorist plot and save the country from disaster. (Oct 12)

All his little secrets by Wanda M. Morris. A first thriller set in Atlanta about a black corporate lawyer (Morris’s own profession), Ellice Littlejohn. When her lover / boss is murdered, she is mysteriously promoted in his place and begins to learn some sinister secrets. (November 2)


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